Meta Disrupted Chinese Network of Facebook Accounts Seeking to Influence U.S. Politics
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Facebook’s parent company Meta said it disrupted a China-based network of accounts seeking to influence U.S. politics ahead of the 2022 midterms.
The operation used accounts on Facebook and Instagram posing as Americans to post opinions about hot-button issues such as abortion, gun control, and high-profile politicians such as President Biden and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The operation focused on the United States and the Czech Republic and posted from the fall of 2021 through the summer of 2022.
Meta said that, unlike other China-based information operations, this one was intended to influence U.S. users about Americans months ahead of the 2022 contests. In the network Meta took down, which did not obtain much traction among users, China-based accounts posed as liberal Americans living in Florida, Texas, and California while…